There are basically only two kinds of moving parts on an RP: the expression pedal, and the up/down footswitches. There are a couple of ways these break down that have…

There are basically only two kinds of moving parts on an RP: the expression pedal, and the up/down footswitches. There are a couple of ways these break down that have easy fixes.

The expression pedal can break down when the nuts that hold it in place get too tight or too loose. The fix is simple: with an appropriately sized wrench, loosen or tighten the nut as necessary.

The up-down footswitches are held in place by big paper clip clamps (no lie), and these can sometimes get loose and fall off inside the RP. It’s not all that common, but it happens. When it does, I recommend that you remove the bottom panel of the RP (using a philips head screwdriver), and then epoxy the paper clip clamp(s) in place. Just make sure not to epoxy the footswitches too.

A lot of people who buy a used RP find that the electronics aren’t working right. If that’s the case, doing a factory reset on the RP almost always cures it. Follow the instructions in the manual.

Overall, my RPs are very reliable. But these are a few things that I’ve had repeated problems with. When they happen, don’t freak out–just fix it.

7 Comments

  1. Hi Richard,

    Would you recommend a factory reset for all RPs purchased 2nd hand – or just for one that doesn’t sound right!?

    – Dave K
    IRELAND

  2. I recommend a factory reset for all used RPs. I do it for all mine. I’ve done it on RPs that I’d had for a while that were misbehaving, and it sometimes works on those too. The RP’s little brain gets confused sometimes; a reset sets it straight.

    Regards, RH

  3. Richard- my left footswitch began to behave erratically – it would work and then it would not. Would the paper clip clamp be the cause? The the RP is a great device – I’d hate to give it up due to simple mechanical issues
    P.S. I also sent you an email RE the same subject so one response will suffice – Thanks

  4. Hi Larry, I would definitely check the clip first. If that’s not the issue, have Digitech’s nearest repair center check it out.

  5. HELP Richard or anyone? Just installed your patches into my RP 355. Everything works fine, but sometimes I get accidently into a mode where I can’t switch the patches with the up/down footswitches. Instead, it changes effects or amp model. Can you please let me know how to re-enter the patch switching mode? Until now I can only do this by restoring de presets via USB….Please help!

  6. @Paul: this is a new one for me. I never knew you could change the amp model or FX with the footswitches. My best guess is that somehow you entered edit mode. Are any of the lights on the left had side of the various rows lit up when this happens? I recommend that you contact digitech tech support via digitech.com, tell them what you’re doing when this happens, and ask them how to get out of it. By the way, does it go away when you power down, then up again? If not, VERY wierd.

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